Here in the Rose household, we celebrate Christmas. I, personally, have always enjoyed Christmas. However, that's not good enough for my husband, who is a full-blown Christmas fanatic. I don't quite meet his enthusiasm levels for extreme holiday decorating, so he thinks I'm a Scrooge!
Okay, so maybe I did declare my hatred of Christmas decorations a week or so ago when I stepped on a piece of glass from a broken ornament. But that's understandable, right? And I don't hate them anymore. Well, maybe just the glass ones...
Anyway, I'm more cheerful about the holidays now. Maybe because my foot has healed, my shopping is done, and - oh yes - I received this in the mail this week...
Yep, that's a holiday card sent to me all the way from my publisher Total-E-Bound in England. They send out cards to all their authors every December.
I thought the racy holiday card was hilarious. However, my husband the Christmas traditionalist was not quite so amused. He wouldn't take a picture of me with it when I asked, and he also refuses to pose like the model on the card so I can make my own Christmas cards.
And he's supposed to be the holiday fanatic in this house! I don't think I'm the Scrooge-y one anymore... ;) LOL
* * * * *
When I'm not busy receiving racy mail, I'm spending this last stretch of time leading up to Christmas preparing for the release of my latest novel, Battered Not Broken, which is releasing in just a few days.
Ryan Moore forged his own path when he defied his wealthy family’s expectations by joining the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After a period of service that’s cut short by an IED explosion, the lingering physical and mental effects of war result in an isolated struggle to exist in the civilian world. He throws himself into competitive MMA fighting – the one thing he’s still able to excel at, even if every match is a risk he can’t afford to take.
His first encounter with amateur female fighter Ally Rivera ignites a spark of desire he hasn’t felt since before a bomb left its marks on his life and his body, but his flirtation with her turns out to be anything but harmless. She’s struggling to hold together a family ravaged by violence – a feat that isn’t easy when her father has been imprisoned, leaving her vulnerable to relatives who run a local gang. Can two unrelenting fighters overcome challenges they couldn’t defeat alone, or do the wounds of war and crime run too deep for even love to heal?
Releasing December 19, 2012
Paperback edition to follow in January
* * * * *
Want to win an ARC of Battered Not Broken?
That's the special prize I'm offering for this hop! Just leave a comment on this post including your e-mail address telling me whether you're sending out holiday cards this year and you'll be included in a random drawing for an e-ARC of Battered Not Broken, which you will receive a day before release day. You'll also be included in a drawing for these awesome grand prizes:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (winner's choice) - International Giveaway2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card - International Giveaway3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! - US Only GiveawayThe e-ARC of Battered Not Broken is an International Prize.And if you'd like to gain extra entries toward the ARC of Battered Not Broken, feel free tocomplete some or all of the easy Rafflecopter entry options below.(NOTE: If you have already done any of the Rafflecopter options - for example, if you're
already my Facebook friend, or newsletter subscriber - you do not have to do the option
again. Simply mark it as done. Easy!)Oh, and as for me... I haven't sent out any holiday cards yet. DH is still being stubborn about posing for one. LOL
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don't forget to check out the other participating blogs for more chances to enter the grand prize drawings. You can find the complete list of links here.
Comment by 11:59:59 PM Eastern time on 12/17 for your chance to win. Winners will be selected randomly using a Random.org. Winners will be contacted by the blog owner by 12/18. Only one entry per ISP address. The contest is open to international readers for grand prizes 1 and 2 and the e-ARC of Battered Not Broken but closed for grand prize 3. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited.